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First, thanks to everyone who is now following me on this thing known as “Twitter”. I’ll do my best to stay active, and I welcome feedback and suggestions of all kinds at any time. I somewhat like Twitter’s concept, in which an idea or thought must be conveyed in 140 characters or less. One must get to the point as quickly as possible. Unlike, say, this paragraph.
Moving on, Jonathan Mayo has an interesting “Perspectives” piece on the recent launch of the Israeli Association of Baseball. Mayo notes that the fledgling league will try to follow the successful Minor League Baseball business model, in which promotions are key. As to what promotions might work in Israel, Mayo suggests a Golda Meir bobblehead. That’s pretty good, but if anyone has any other suggestions then please feel free to leave a comment. Me? I got nothin’
Finally, I am pleased to announce that one of the honored guests at the Missoula Osprey’s Hot Stove Dinner is none other than backstop-turned-knuckleballer Houston Summers. As some of you may know, Houston was the winner of 2007′s inaugural “Minors Moniker Madness” competition. Surely, this was one of the most ridiculous (yet entertaining) features that has found its way onto MiLB.com, and we had a lot of fun putting it together. I would like to think that Houston’s presence at the Hot Stove Dinner is at least somewhat attributable to the notoriety he achieved on our site.
Unlikely, I know…but I must compensate for my own lack of success by taking undeserved credit for the achievements of others. It’s the American way!
I have weighed in on the issue several times, most notably here and here. What I have heard time and time again from those who work in Minor League front offices is this — while there are significant worries regarding the ability to attract and retain sponsors, attendance figures should remain strong. In fact, some teams are counting on an increase in ’09, due to the fact that Minor League Baseball offers an unparalleled bang for the buck.
Some teams are doing everything they can to drive this point home — teams like, oh, I don’t know, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. On Feb. 28th, the club will be staging “Tickets On Sale Day.” Admittedly, this is probably the most boring name for a promotion that I have ever come across. But the deal being offered is phenomenal — in recognition of the team’s fifth season, ALL seats to ALL games during the 2009 season will be sold for $5 each. Running concurrently with this sale will be the third annual Hoppin’ Fun Yard Sale, featuring all manner of team merchandise as well as vendors from within the community.
The bottom line is that events such as “Tickets On Sale Day” make it startlingly clear that Minor League Baseball is a bargain. $5 is about half the cost of a movie ticket, but it will provide access to so much more.
I am a New York City resident, where $5 bargains are few and far between. The best deal that I am currently aware of is the shot and beer special at Zablozkis in Brooklyn. I like to take advantage of this because the bar has a Sopranos pinball machine in the back, where I can play undisturbed for long periods of time. Yes, I am currently making the most of my life.
Moving On…I am usually wary and vaguely hostile towards new technological innovations, so it was with some trepidation that I signed up for Twitter yesterday. But if this allows me to stay in touch and communicate with readers in a quick and casual fashion, then I’m all for it. Check it out here:
In additional “housekeeping” news, I have added four new blogs to the link section. They are:
– The Watson Files — News, notes, and observations from Fort Wayne Tin Caps broadcaster Dan Watson.
– Senators Fans Unite — Harrisburg fan blog.
– Will Inman — San Diego pitching prospect tells some
– Shawn Haviland — From the Ivy Leagues to MLB
Am I missing anything? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org